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Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter - Brouwerij De Molen

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Tsarina Esra Imperial PorterTsarina Esra Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnybravo on 02-11-2008)
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Reviews by crnipeter:
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottled 11-07-2011 so roughly a year old by now. Apparently opaque very dark brown body with ruby hue gets crowned by thick persistent tan head that never entirely goes away and weaves firm sheets of lace on the sides.

Pleasant aroma that's not overly complex exhibits pronounced darker malt chocolate quality and shows some esters of dark fruits and currant.

Initial sweet flavor with chocolate-caramel qualities is overrun by dark malts that last through the relatively dry finish, yielding coffee-like roastiness and liquorice notes. Alcohol is noticeably warming yet remains restrained gently wrapping itself around the tongue.

Substantial carbonation makes the full body mouth-filling and seemingly lighter than actually is. I was pleasantly surprised by excellent mouthfeel and appearance provided by Esra. Obviously De Molen has/had serious quality control issues as their Hel & Verdoemenis was a sink-job due to complete absence of carbonation.

So, the tsar has fallen but tsarina still holds the throne. (330 ml, into tulip)

10-10-2012 21:58:40 | More by crnipeter
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oberon

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottled on 05/04/12.Pours a deep dark cola color with a creamy half finger beige head atop.Aromas of dark roast coffee,raisin/prune,and earth with the alcohol being big but not in ur face.Wow alot going on flavor wise with dark fruit and dark roast intertwined with big earthy tones giving a great drying lager-like finish.This is a great Baltic porter with just enough sweetness and just enough drying earthiness,top notch.

06-03-2014 22:27:48 | More by oberon
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-13-2013 17:29:15 | More by SanFranJake
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farundrpar

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-13-2011 19:33:09 | More by farundrpar
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kaneel

France

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-01-2013 13:05:59 | More by kaneel
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

Bottle number 640 of 823. Bottled 1/11/2007. The beer pours dark brown to black with a very small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, teriyaki and soy sauce. The flavor is more of the same with roasted malt, teriyaki and some light smoke. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

06-07-2010 02:19:45 | More by Mora2000
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

De Molen Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter served in a small snifter.

Completely opaque body is covered by an excellent head.

Aroma: rich, sweet and complex, with a load of dark fruits and other elements I could not untangle.

Flavor: starts too sweet then turns more and more bitter -- way more change in this dimension than usual.

Feel: Creamy smooth; very soft; alcohol is almost completely hidden.

O: extraordinary. My admiration exceeded my considerable enjoyment.

10-10-2013 03:03:54 | More by chinchill
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simoen

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-27-2013 13:06:55 | More by simoen
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -1%

330ml bottle. These statically-labeled offerings from this Mikkeller-esque brewery keep on coming hard and fast to we beer lovers here in Albertastan.

This beer pours a very thorough black, with dark reddish brown hued basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of roller coaster profile lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of dry chalky cocoa powder, sour black fruit, soft anise, dark sugar, musty earthy, leafy hops, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is a big shot of semi-sweet baker's chocolate, caramel malt, fruity molasses, a slight milky sourness, mild coffee grounds, more distinctive plump raisins, and a fading earthy mustiness.

The carbonation is quit sedate, and unobtrusive, the body a decent medium-full weight, and rather smooth, with strong creamy leanings. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate and caramel still most prominent, as the fruit, hops, and alcohol pick and prod away in a slow, barely erosive process.

A rather pleasant porter overall, the chocolate dialed up, the sourness dialed down, and the alcohol somehow off in another dimension, or something. Lots of flavour to go around, and really nothing to keep you from enjoying this like I would imagine the titular Russian empress would.

02-24-2013 03:39:05 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

A tremendous beer, bottle number 75. Challenger hops, and saaz for aroma. Sent from Holland, fresh. Left it for about 24 hours, yet it kept foaming over, foam eventually almost disappeared,still tasted carbonated. Jet black.Aroma of cocoa and licorice. First maltiness, then the hop bitterness comes at you and builds up over (several) glasses. 92 IBU, an outstanding effort for its class-I would take this over many great imperial stouts.

02-15-2009 00:54:01 | More by Sammy
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-29-2013 19:47:41 | More by Ciocanelu
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-07-2014 00:15:12 | More by woodchip
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

02-05-2013 17:00:34 | More by aztraz
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%

Tiny 18cl red wax topped bottle into a couple of snifters. Mucho thanks to Stakem for splitting this little guy with me. Bottle # 0046/1344.

Pours black with a mocha colored head. This retains with a thin ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a light cascade of spotty foam. The aroma smells of coffee, cocoa, and some light herbal hops. The alcohol mixes in a bit of spicy warmth as well.

The taste is a blend of coffee, chocolate, green citrus, and some more of an herbal hop character that emerges as well. Brunt roast fills out the back, sticking to the tongue along with some leftover pine and lingering spicy alcohol. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a moderate amount of sharpness to the carbonation, giving this a firm creaminess across the back of the palate. The high alcohol presence, while not being overly hot, does start to wear on the palate a bit despite the short pour here.

This was a solid Imperial style Baltic Porter that definitely had some strength behind it but the flavors here never did quite get as deep or robust as they felt like they wanted to. The alcohol also got to be a little bit intrusive here as well. This was certainly good but ultimately didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

01-25-2012 18:08:34 | More by Kegatron
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-23-2014 23:50:50 | More by Kevincredible
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2012 01:42:03 | More by jsnoek
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-11-2014 01:35:12 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-24-2013 22:51:31 | More by crosenkrantz
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NRo

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-29-2014 17:52:28 | More by NRo
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

11.2 ounce bottle, stamp on back label says 05/04/12. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some milk chocolate and a bit of an earthy/herbal flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick, and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, but also pricey at $8.99 a bottle. With that being said, it's definitely worth trying.

06-14-2013 22:30:42 | More by bluejacket74
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Diomede

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-07-2012 15:31:46 | More by Diomede
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toneigh

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-04-2013 00:17:47 | More by toneigh
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-15-2012 06:52:49 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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Triggernils

Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

08-24-2014 14:44:37 | More by Triggernils
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stx00lax

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

2010 vintage, bottle number 3! cool

A- dark brown pour with a light brown head that fades pretty fast. carbonation looks pretty minimal

S-smoked malts dominate. raisins, molasses and ripe plums as it warms.

T- This was the highlight for me. Vinous notes blended with light smoke, bitter roast balance pretty well. Maybe a tad on the sweet side. But i like sweet. Good complexity

M- medium viscosity coats the mouth pretty well and leaves a decent overall impression. I wish it had a touch more carbonation though, it was pretty flat which ultimately hurt its drinkability.

O- great flavor profile with good complexity. Im not sure what the intention was with the carbonation, but if it had more, this would have been solid.

08-03-2011 04:39:28 | More by stx00lax
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Tsarina Esra Imperial Porter from Brouwerij De Molen
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.